A Balanced Look at Medical Malpractice Litigation
I just saw this balanced look at medmal litigation and wanted to post it here. A couple things that jumped out at me that aren't in the quote: Again, repeating the statistic that medical malpractice costs are less than 2% of all healthcare spending. I've yet to see this refuted, and last I heard, this stat came from the federal government. Also, one of the writers notes that, "There are no longer any family medicine doctors delivering babies in Austin, Texas." Was the passage of tort "reform" supposed to cure that, or is it just the norm now?
America's medical malpractice system is one part Rip van Winkle and one part Anna Nicole Smith.
It's Rip van Winkle because malpractice policy usually lies dormant for a decade or more until it hears the clamor of a liability insurance crisis. Once awakened, moreover, it typically acts as if the health care system has not changed since its prior revival. Why Anna Nichole Smith? Because malpractice liability is a train wreck that Americans can't help watching. Once captivated, the public imbues malpractice with importance to the U.S. health care system far beyond that indicated by objective criteria. The Jury's Still Out: A Critical Look at Malpractice Reform
As always, comments and discussion are welcome.